The Shelf Life


Everybody Loves Molly!

posted on May 9, 2014 at 5:27 pm by Brad Craft


We love Molly Wizenberg.  Everybody does.  How could you not?  First of all, there’s the food.  The books.  The woman herself is a charmer, come to that.  We were pleased as punch to host the book launch this week for her new memoior, Delancey: A Man, A Woman, A Restaurant, A Marriage, just out from Simon & Schuster.


She’s best-selling food writer already, the author also of Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes From My Kitchen Table.  Good book.  Great recipes.  Her latest is the story of the hugely popular Delancey restaurant she started with her husband, Brandon in Phinney Ridge.  (So good.  You should go.)


The crowd at the event was huge and very enthusiastic, and Molly was, unsurprisingly witty, sweet and fascinating.  We’re smitten all over again.


We have signed copies available, so get one.  (Your mom would love one, trust us.)

Food Truck Doyenne Brings Us Unexpected Joy

posted on April 11, 2014 at 7:35 pm by Brad Craft

We love when authors visit us at the bookstore.  You know what we love even more? Butterscotch potato-chip cookies.  Oh my good, good, goodness, people. Alexandra Penfold came by — with cookies.  I should mention, she’s the co-author of New York a la Cart: Recipes & Stories from the Big Apple’s Best Food Trucks, new from Running Press.  Delicious looking book, full of tempting recipes.

penbetterTo summarize: the author was delightful, the book looks wonderful.  She brought us cookies!

pensignA note to authors: Look, nobody is saying you have to bring us cookies.  Honestly, we’re always glad to meet the authors of the books we sell.  Salman Rushdie?  Really, a delightful man.  It was a privilege to meet him.  Local authors?  We’re always glad to see you too.  The University Book Store particularly prides itself on supporting our Northwest writers.  Even the self-published who have their books made on the Espresso Book Machine?  I did it, twice.  Marvelous experience.  We had a book launch party for the last one, right here in the bookstore.

But now, if any author wants to bring us cookies, glorious, homemade, hand-crafted cookies, like Alexandra Penfold did?  Well, just saying… We really, really like Alexandra Penfold — and the cookies.  They were delicious.  (Buy the book,New York a la Cart: Recipes & Stories from the Big Apple’s Best Food Trucks,  and you can make them too!  Bring some by the bookstore, you know, just to show us you did.  Seriously, bring more cookies.  Those things are addictive.)



posted on January 16, 2014 at 5:30 pm by Brad Craft

We at University Bookstore may be a little late with our own new year’s resolutions (how is it January 16th already?), but we are certainly ready to help you achieve your goals. Whether yours is to learn new skills, read more, find happiness in the little things, or to be healthier and happier, we’ve got the books to help.Diet guides? Check. Meditation aids? Yup. Happiness journals? Got ’em. Exercise techniques? Absolutely. Spiritual affirmations? Sure thing. Cookbooks? Of course! In other words, we’ve got you covered.

use2From all of us at the bookstore, here’s wishing you a happy and healthy new year! And for those of a more cynical temperament, a note from the ever-quotable Mark Twain:

New Year’s Day: now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual.

Author of “Provence, 1970” Drops In

posted on December 29, 2013 at 11:41 pm by Blog Archive

We love it when authors drop in! Today Luke Barr, author of Provence, 1970: M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Child, James Beard, and the Reinvention of American Taste, stopped by our main branch to sign copies of his book, which has been a big hit this holiday season. Luke Barr

Provence, 1970 has received rave reviews from all over, including starred reviews from both Booklist and Publishers Weekly, and it is currently on our University Bookstore bestsellers list.


Not familiar with the book? Library Journal reviewer Neal Wyatt has this to say: “In a clear, flowing, and graceful style, Barr, the great-nephew of Mary Frances Kennedy (M.F.K.) Fisher (1908–92), tells the story of a remarkable culinary convergence. In the fall and winter of 1970, food writers James Beard (1908–85), Julia Child (1912–2004), and Fisher found themselves in roughly the same area of France. In ways that sometimes overlapped but just as often diverged, each of the chefs came to question long-held beliefs about the superiority of French cuisine and the possibilities for a new American food revolution.[…] This small gem of a book is a fascinating delight.”

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